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Study Abroad

 

Expand your horizons by studying abroad in more than 50 countries, plus service-learning trips overseas and internships around the globe. We strongly recommend that Spanish and Hispanic studies majors gain an international experience by studying in a Spanish-speaking country, preferably for a semester or year. You’ll make huge strides in your speaking ability, while enhancing your career opportunities and cross-cultural competence.

 

Global Courses

TCU students at the Sevilla program enroll in courses at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide Center for Foreign Students. The UPO Hispanic Studies Program for Foreign Students offers a variety of courses for students of various Spanish language levels and academic majors. It also caters to the needs of those with little or no background in Spanish by offering classes taught in English, both on Spanish culture as well as in the sciences. A placement exam will determine the language level of each student. The Center enrolls about 150-250 Americans students each semester.

Spanish Language and Culture in Salamanca is a five-week study of the Spanish language and culture of Spain. Students live with a host family and study at a language school in the heart of this ancient university city. You’ll have the opportunity to practice and improve your language skills and experience Spanish culture first-hand. The culture class takes program participants to famous sites in the area. Several excursions outside Salamanca are also arranged. This program carries a Cultural Awareness core designation. For further information, contact the program director Dr. Mary McKinney at m.mckinney@tcu.edu.

Settled in the historical region of Andalusia, Sevilla is a culturally rich city. From awesome architecture to tasty tapas bars to meandering medieval streets, the city offers an ideal location to examine the cultural, linguistic and religious environment of Sevilla and Spain as a whole.

Through course offerings, students will learn Spanish, understand the religious complexity of a land that has played host to the coexistence of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and grasp some of the literature, art and architecture of Spanish cultural history. Excursions within Sevilla include cathedrals, mosques, museums, churches and various cultural shows. This five-week program carries a Cultural Awareness core designation. For further information, contact program director Dr. Mary McKinney at m.mckinney@tcu.edu.

Spanish and Culture in Buenos Aires is designed for students to take an intensive Spanish language class in addition to a Culture of Argentina class. By staying with host families, studying at the prestigious Universidad de Belgrano and having immediate access to the thriving metropolis of the capital city, students are immersed in local language and culture. Excursions in and around Buenos Aires are an integral part of the culture class. Excursions outside of the Buenos Aires vicinity include a three-night visit to the majestic Iguazú Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. This five-week program carries a Cultural Awareness core designation. For further information, contact program director Dr. Steve Sloan at s.sloan@tcu.edu.

This is an interdisciplinary cultural program sponsored by the departments of history, religion, and Spanish and Hispanic Studies. It is a three-week program aimed at introducing students to the cultural and socio-political development of Ghana through a three-week intensive study and travel-abroad experience in this West African nation. This three-credit course consists of the following:

  • An informational session on program details
  • Two pre-departure orientations
  • Two seminars on the TCU campus
  • Two cultural orientation sessions
  • Seminars at the University of Ghana (led by Ghanaian professors and experts), field trips, excursions and service-learning activities in Ghana.

The program carries a Cultural Awareness core designation. History and religion majors and minors will receive upper-division credit. The program is open to faculty, administrators and students of all majors. Contact program director Dr. Komla Aggor at k.aggor@tcu.edu.

Launching in 2018, this five-week, faculty-led summer program will explore the Spanish language and culture of Latin America. Students practice and improve their language skills and experience the local culture first-hand. Students live with a host family and study at a local university. The classes will take program participants to famous cultural and historical sites and engage students in hands-on activities designed to sharpen students’ oral skills.

This program carries a Cultural Awareness core designation. Contact program director Dr. Sohyun Lee at sohyun.lee@tcu.edu.

 

Launching in 2018, this five-week, faculty-led summer program will explore the Spanish language and culture of Spain. Students practice and improve their language skills and experience the local culture first-hand. Students live with a host family and study at a local university. The classes will take program participants to famous cultural and historical sites and engage students in hands-on activities designed to sharpen students’ oral skills.

This program carries a Cultural Awareness core designation. Contact program director Dr. Ryan Schmitz at r.schmitz@tcu.edu.

Launching in 2019, this five-week, faculty-led summer program will explore the Spanish language and culture of Spain. Students practice and improve their language skills and experience the local culture first-hand. Students live with a host family and study at a local university. The classes will take program participants to famous cultural and historical sites and engage students in hands-on activities designed to sharpen students’ oral skills.

This program carries a Cultural Awareness core designation. Contact program director Dr. Komla Aggor at k.aggor@tcu.edu.

 

Course Credits and Requirements

Earn three credits in language and three credits in culture, either in our summer or semester programs. The culture component satisfies the Spanish and Hispanic studies major requirement of a culture course. When placed at the advanced level, the language component satisfies the major requirement of an advanced grammar course.

Students who have already taken a culture or advanced grammar course of the same name may still receive elective credits for the culture and/or advanced grammar course in the summer program. Conversely, students who take either of the two courses abroad are not permitted to enroll in the same courses at TCU upon their return; otherwise they will not receive credit.

Fifteen credits of the Spanish and Hispanic studies major may be earned in study-abroad programs. If you earn six of those credits while on a TCU-sponsored summer program, then you may still apply nine credits to the major from a semester-long program.

If you study abroad in a year-long program, 21 credits of the Spanish and Hispanic Studies major may be earned through the program. If you earn six of those credits while on a TCU-sponsored summer program, then you may still apply 15 credits to the major from a semester-long program.

Our advisers can also help you in affiliating with foreign study programs from other colleges and universities. We work closely with the TCU Center for International Studies in preparing students for their foreign study experience. Explore all study abroad options.

Study Abroad Guide

 

Preparing to Study Abroad

  • Attend the Study Abroad Fair in October. This event provides an opportunity to discuss study abroad interests directly with representatives of all study abroad programs.
  • Visit studyabroad.tcu.edu, the website of TCU’s Center for International Studies.
  • Visit the center in person and speak with the staff about your interests. They will explain the entire process to you. The center is located in Reed 214. Call 817-257-7473 or email studyabroad@tcu.edu.
  • Contact Dr. Don Frischmann, the Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies’ study abroad adviser. In order to receive credit, students must meet with the study abroad adviser prior to departure to obtain approval for coursework abroad. Office: Scharbauer 3107. Call 817-257-6358 or email d.frischmann@tcu.edu.
  • Read the study abroad guide